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Posted 28 September 2012 - 13:51

Mercedes-Benz revealed the production of its electric-powered Mercedes SLS AMG coupe, offering 740 hp, all-wheel-drive and a body that looks like liquid metal. It's price carries quite the shock as well.

While Mercedes has vowed to build an electric SLS AMG, it had to go to such extensive lengths to make sure the electron-powered SLS AMG lost nothing on its gas-powered brethren that the car could be considered all new. Power comes from a levee of lithium-ion batteries developed with the help of Mercedes Formula 1 engineers, packed into the tunnel where the drivelines and transmission used to reside. Using two electric motors on each axle, Mercedes was able to program the SLS AMG so that each wheel can be spun and braked independently -- a trick that should make for impressive handling.

With 60 kWh of battery storage -- the same as the mid-range version of the Tesla Model S -- Mercedes says the SLS AMG Electric Drive can travel about 155 miles on a charge. As there is no comparable all-wheel-drive electric supercar for sale yet in the world, at least until the Audi R8 eTron hits sometime next year. And because electric car owners want to stand out, Mercedes will offer the color above, which it calls "AMG electricbeam magno."

As for the cost: In Germany, the electric SLS AMG will run the equivalent of $536,804, making it the most expensive vehicle Mercedes-Benz has sold since the demise of Maybach; it's also double the price of a new Ferrari 458 Italia.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 03:01

Looks nice, and 155 miles to a charge, not bad! AWD is becoming a new thing for AMG - they also have the upcoming A45 AMG. This SLS must have insane torque but no brutal AMG grunt :(

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 12:55

Looks impossible to keep clean -- you'd spend an hour on it after you drive home. :laugh:

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 15:19

Pfft electric, the most uneconomical 'fuel' ever

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 15:28

Very nice. :) I wonder if Mercedes will traverse into mainstream electric cars soon, especially now that Renault's set to corner that market.

Pfft electric, the most uneconomical 'fuel' ever

Care to explain why?

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 15:37

Very nice. :) I wonder if Mercedes will traverse into mainstream electric cars soon, especially now that Renault's set to corner that market.


Care to explain why?


Here's an interesting read I thought:

http://www.heritage....he-electric-car

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 21:14

Here's an interesting read I thought:

http://www.heritage....he-electric-car

Definitely an interesting read, thanks for that. (Y) The ideal situation outlined in that article is similar to what we have here in the UK right now. No manufacturers get any government money to produce electric cars; all the government do is knock up to £5,000 off the price of a new one. But that still makes the Nissan LEAF a steep £25,990, and that's about £7,000-£8,000 more than an ICE car of similar spec. Personally, I think that's the only thing in the way between the electric car and average consumer: the high cost. When the costs come down (hopefully in a few years), that'll be it. The current range isn't really an issue for most drivers. The LEAF has a 109-mile range, and (according to GM's research while designing the Chevrolet Volt / Opel/Vauxhall Ampera) 78% of commuters in the US drive less than 40 miles a day. So even a Renault Twizy with its 62-mile range would be suitable for most commuters, and that's a hell of a lot cheaper than a LEAF (£6,690). Although with that, you get no creature comforts whatsoever; it's simply an electric go-kart with a roof.